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Judge To Watch ‘Extreme’ Porn In Preparation For Australian Serial Killer Trial

Supreme Court Justice Stephen Hall will watch graphic and “extreme” pornographic evidence ahead of the trial of the accused Claremont serial killer.

Prosecutors were due to argue before Justice Hall today at a pre-trial hearing why they should be allowed to use “propensity evidence” in the case against Bradley Robert Edwards.

Prosecutor Carmel Barbagallo said it was “absolutely” necessary that Justice Hall watched the pornographic material, including a film called “Forced Entry”.

“That movie is very graphic,” she said.

 

“We are not talking about pornography that is beige or vanilla, we are talking about pornography that is extreme,’ she said.

“There is no description that we can give … that can adequately reflect what’s in that material.”

Mr Edwards is due to face a nine-month trial in July accused of murdering Ciara Glennon, Jane Rimmer, and Sarah Spiers in Claremont, who disappeared from Claremont in the mid-1990s.

The 50-year-old is also accused of depriving a woman of her liberty after breaking into her Huntingdale home in 1988 – a charge the court was previously told “encompassed” an alleged indecent assault, and the abduction and rape of a 17-year-old girl in Karrakatta Cemetery in February 1995.

Mr Edwards appeared in court today in person in a light-blue button-up shirt, black pants, wearing black-rimmed glasses and was clean-shaven.

He sat quietly in the dock with his hands folded in his lap during the 40-minute hearing.

The accused serial killer was greeted with yells of “Edwards, evil dog, burn in hell with Satan. You’re a dog. Satan. Burn in hell” from a woman in the public gallery.

The woman was removed from the court.

Prosecutor Carmel Barbagallo request an adjournment so she could put more material before Justice Hall, including pornographic footage and a six-hour police interview.

Ms Barbagallo said there were also 20 additional statements and a prison call that needed to be considered.

The court was told the new material was now being included because the defence “took issue” with some of the “factual statements” being made by the prosecution.

“There is quite some material that we invite Your Honour to refer to,” Ms Barbagallo said.

Defence lawyer Paul Yovich supported the adjournment, claiming he did not want to be dealing with new material “on the run”.

Mr Yovich objected to Justice Hall watching the graphic material – saying he would argue that it was inadmissible.

But Ms Barbagallo said “it’s what is depicted in there as to what is done as how it’s done which we say impacts on what Your Honour has to determine”.

References to BDSM – which stands for bondage, dominance, submission and masochism – were also made by Ms Barbagallo.

 

Claremont Serial case – Court sketch of Bradley Robert Edwards

The court was told Mr Edwards’ interview transcription was 173 pages long.

Justice Hall outlined eight categories of evidence that the State wants to include in the trial.

He described the material as the “Huntingdale prowler evidence”, “Huntingdale offences”, “women’s clothing evidence”, “Hollywood hospital evidence” and the “Telstra living witness evidence”.

Justice Hall also referred to the “Karrakatta offences”, the “three murder charges” and the “pornography-related evidence”.

The judge, who will hear the trial without a jury, said he would look at the pornographic material and the hearing has been adjourned until Monday.

He said he would direct himself to disregard the evidence if he deemed it inadmissible.

Ms Glennon’s father Denis was in the public gallery for the hearing. Paul Ferguson, the former boss of the Macro Taskforce, also arrived at court this morning.

 

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